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DanceWell Podcast is dedicated to exploring 360-degrees of health and wellness for dancers. We believe that health and wellness isn’t just about physical well-being, but encompasses the whole self. From this belief, we bring you bi-monthly episodes in which we talk with all sorts of practitioners including: dietitians, body-workers, medical doctors, athletic trainers, physical therapists, conditioning experts, psychologists and more. We hope these conversations bring you enhanced understandi ...
 
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Historically, screenings were a method of gate keeping, and in many places today, they still are. Early selection for flexibility and certain proportions were used to determine who could dance at the Kirov and who could not, for example. In this already exclusive field, how many potentially great careers were dismissed too early on in a screening p…
 
In January 2021, Mirriam-Webster Dictionary added a handful of new words to its pages. Among them was the new definition for the word 'bubble.' Thanks to the pandemic, a bubble can be 'an area within which sports teams stay isolated from the general public... so as to prevent exposure to disease and that includes accommodations, amenities, and the …
 
In this episode, Dr Antonio Ocana discusses addiction in dance. He shares information about the rates of addiction in our field, the nature of these addictions, and their causes—at both a biochemical level and a cultural level.To learn more about Dr Ocana:https://www.epiphany360.io/about-us-1 Contact him:aocana@epiphany360.ioWant to contribute to D…
 
We've heard from the dance medicine and science community on a variety of topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On this episode, we turn our attention to our dancers to ask how they've been doing during this past year as the dance world has been put on pause. Thank you to Alexandra Carter @alliegcarter, Jennifer Sydor @jensydor, Sofia Blasco @th…
 
What is hormone health? How do you know when your hormones are not in balance? What can we do to support hormone health? These are the introductory questions Dr. Nicky Keay answers in this episode. We then move on to specifics like, hormone fluctuations throughout life, calcium, Vitamin D, cortisol, RED-D, and a bit more.To learn more about Dr Keay…
 
Senior career counselor Patch Schwadron says that, prior to covid, dancers used to come in to her office at the Career Center at the Actors Fund only after getting the idea in their head that it was time to move on from dance. Now though, the pandemic has given her a chance to change that paradigm. She wants dancers to come in at all stages of thei…
 
In Episode 79, Jess Spinner talks to us about motivation. In the midst of this pandemic, dancers globally are faced with very unfamiliar training practices and uncertain futures, and for many, it’s hard to connect with their passion and remember why they're dancing. How can dancers stay motivated under these stressful and restrictive circumstances …
 
Effective attention and focus are known components of a successful artistic performance. As audience members, we know how powerful it can be to see a dancer who is supremely focused in the present moment. And as dancers, we know that an inability to maintain our attention on the task at hand can result in poor performance or even yield disastrous o…
 
Eating well doesn’t have to be about expensive smoothies and supplements. This episode highlights how our dancers who are living on a budget or perhaps in a dorm room without blenders or extensive kitchen equipment can still eat healthfully. Take a listen as dietician Dafna Tsadok-Hai talks about staples dancers should keep in their pantries and si…
 
What happens after your OB clears you to return to activity after approximately 6 weeks postpartum? Is it wise to take your first ballet class the day after clearance? As it turns out, things like prolapse, incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction and pain are more common than we realize postpartum and require some attention in order to return to act…
 
In Episode 75: Specificity in Dance Training, Nico Kolokythas, ASSC, PhD explains the training principle of “specificity” and how it applies to dance, from many angles. We discuss general fitness parameters, why they matter and whether dancers typically meet standard benchmarks. Then, Nico explains a bit about early specialization and also diversif…
 
There is no doubt about it, we need sleep! But just how much do we need and why is it so important? Join us as Dr. Sheyi Ojofeitimi, DPT, OCS, CFMT educates on oh why sleep matters!Connect with Dr. Sheyi on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drsheyipt/?hl=enSupport DanceWell Podcast by donating - https://gf.me/u/yxv25pHost: Marissa Schaeffer Co-H…
 
The human body is host to an inconceivable number of microbes, and while some can cause us problems, we enjoy a symbiotic relationship with most of them. In fact, as our community of bodily microbes eat, reproduce, "breathe" and digest, it affects everything from bone health to immune function. In Episode 73: A Dancer's Microbiome, Drs Hoaglin and …
 
As the world shut down in the wake of COVD-19, the performing arts world changed. Shows were cancelled, rehearsals suspended and training took on a different form. Many began dancing - and even rehearsing - indoors. Hallways became dance floors, mantle pieces became ballet barres, and somehow we kept going. Due to space constraints, hard floors and…
 
In 2020, dancers all around the world experienced a new phenomenon, virtual class. In Episode 71, Caitlin Trainor, MFA and Danelle Dickson, DPT discuss the potential risks and limitations to this educational structure, as well as the potential benefits and advantages. Ultimately, we all conclude that while virtual dance class is no replacement for …
 
Perhaps while quarantined, you or a dancer you know, was anxious about maintaining jump skills, then came across people hopping on and off boxes on Instagram and thought, “Should I do that?” Enter, plyometrics. In this episode, I speak to Rob Tsai, DPT, about plyometrics and he explains the relevance and value of this form of resistance training fo…
 
Does the sacrum move and get stuck? Why might I feel pain at my sacroiliac joint (SIJ)? These are questions we’ve asked ourselves before, but maybe never gotten the answer to. Join us on this episode as Dr. Liz Henry PT, DSc, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, CCTT brings her wisdom and four decades of clinical practice to help us understand this complex joint. G…
 
Imagery is a free and accessible form of mental practice that can be used to enhance performance, confidence, skills and more. In Episode 68: Motor Imagery, Betsy Coker EdD, explains what motor imagery is and how it works, as well as why, when, and how dancers use imagery. She talks about applying her research on imagery to her teaching practice, a…
 
Joint hypermobility, whether it affects few or many joints, falls under the umbrella of hypermobility disorders. On episode 67: More on Hypermobiltiy - Common Presentations of EDS, we invite Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD, to discuss Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a particular type of hypermobility disorder with some unique characteristic…
 
Trauma is a complex experience that varies from individual to individual. Research suggests that dancers experience PTSD at higher rates than athletes or the general population. In this episode, dance-movement therapist, Erica Hornthal, explains a bit about her field, and we discuss ways in which the body houses trauma as well as how dance can be b…
 
We open this episode with a question: You’re injured. You know that performing certain steps or dancing full-out will make your injury worse and will prolong healing. Do you feel comfortable advocating for yourself in the studio and speaking up for your injury? In episode 65, we chat candidly with three groups -two pre-professional dancers, two sea…
 
Everyone around the world is thinking about the pandemic, covid-19, and dancers have been affected by this crisis in unique and specific ways. Exploring how this complex situation is manifesting in the dance community, Episode 64: Dancing through covid-19, includes interviews with five different practitioners: Dr. Selina Shah (physician), Amanda Do…
 
Finding the right pointe shoe is a dynamic process that depends on a number of factors. Fitters look at the shape of your foot, your technique, your strength and consider your personal preferences and feedback from your dance teachers and medical providers. All of these elements can evolve with time and affect your shoe choice. Pointe shoe fitter, …
 
Even in a largely taciturn art form, language is everywhere and it influences how we see and experience the world. In this episode, Monika Saigal, MS, RD, CEDRD-S, CDN, enlightens us on how the words we choose can influence eating behaviors and mindsets. She explains how some conversations that may seem commonplace in a dance setting, are in fact p…
 
Flexibility can feel like a constant struggle. Sometimes we feel like it's because we don't stretch enough, or because our bone structure is off, or because we've been dealt a bad genetic hand. But what if there are other factors that we didn't even know to consider? Join us on this episode of DanceWell Podcast as Dr. Alexis Sams, PT, DPT helps to …
 
From bulging discs, to os trigonum, to labral tears, research is showing that surgery isn't always the best answer. However, there are still times when the miracle of modern medicine is necessary, or at minimum, advantageous. How do we know if we need surgery? What are the risks, and who should we see if we're hoping to avoid an invasive procedure?…
 
On this episode of DanceWell Podcast, we are joined by Elizabeth Barchi, MD. Dr. Barchi shares her wealth of knowledge about imaging like x-rays, MRIs, CT scans and more. Have you ever wondered what different types of imaging can tell us or why your doctor may or may not order imaging for your injury or condition? If so, join us! This episode is fo…
 
Many dancers worry about money, no news there. However, despite living with this powerful stressor, it seems like a lot dancers are unaware of how to improve their financial outlook, or feel that a life of debt and poverty is just inevitable. In this episode, Rebecca Selkowe, a financial counselor at The Actors Fund, explains that these mindsets an…
 
It’s been shown in a smattering of conditions that healthy individuals have access to a greater variety of movement patterns and have superior control of their bodies. As conditioning specialists and health care professionals it should therefore be our duty to coach movement variety. Yet when it comes down to it, we often find ourselves looking for…
 
In Episode 56: Shame, Dr. Paula Thomson shares research that she and Dr. Victoria Jacque have conducted on shame, a complex emotion that dancers appear to experience more than the average population. Dr. Thomson explains why dancers might be particularly vulnerable to shame as well as how to leverage shame into functional outcomes and avoid downwar…
 
In the 1970s, Dr. Kenzo Kase invented Kinesio Tape as a way to facilitate the body’s natural healing process and prolong the benefits of his treatment. On this episode, Kinesio tape certified practitioner Dr. Dionne Vernon illustrates some of this modalities incredible uses from facilitating muscle function, to decreasing swelling, and inhibiting t…
 
Marissa and I went to Montreal for the annual meeting of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). We presented our recent research on dancers' perceptions of their own well-being and connected with tons of friends and colleagues. We also got to meet some of our past guests face-to-face for the first time, as well as seve…
 
Janine Cappello-Bryant's PhD has focused on the aging process and how it affects dancers' spinal range of motion. While professional dance is often considered the domaine of the young and fit, the truth is that many people dance in a variety of capacities at all stages of life. However, very little research has been done on the topic of how dancers…
 
“Our life expectancy from the 20s to the current day increased by over 50 years for three reasons: public health, toilets and vaccines.” - Dr. Vincent Racaniello Ph.DThe subject of vaccination can be a touchy one to say the least. Join us as Columbia Professor and virologist, Dr. Vincent Racaniello, teaches us about how vaccines work, discusses som…
 
Gayanne Grossman PT, BFA, MEd, FIADMS is a dancer, a dance medicine expert, and a dance educator, all in quite equal parts, which uniquely positions her to reflect on the multifaceted field of dance science--its research and its application--with keen judgement and critical thought. In Episode 51: Dance with the body that you have--Bringing kinesio…
 
Emergencies happen whether or not you’re ready for them. They happen in otherwise safe situations to healthy individuals. They happen both on- and off-stage and can range from heat stroke to broken bones to cardiac arrest. Are you ready to respond to emergencies in your space? Tune in to listen to Lauren McIntyre, ATC, clinical specialist and emerg…
 
We end DanceWell's second season by chatting with two former ballerinas turned mental health practitioners: Dr. Miriam Rowan, PsyD and Katherine (Kate) Wilson, LICSW. These women discuss identity development in the young pre-professional ballet dancer, the importance of maintaining a diversity of relationships, finding a voice and unique identity, …
 
DanceWell has a few projects in the making!Want to participate in our IRB approved research on dancer well-being? Click here: https://hofstra.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eDNl3AGhnHDjUKp.Do you love DanceWell as much as well do? Show your support by contributing to our 3rd season. Click here to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/dancewell-season-t…
 
Posture is an interesting topic that is addressed in wide-spanning areas from etiquette, to aesthetics, to science. A dancer’s posture is often revered, but it can also present some complicated inefficiencies and risks. In Episode 48: Posture of Choice, Adele Nickel, MFA, introduces the Alexander Technique and illuminates the unique phenomenon of a…
 
On this episode, Leigh Schanfein, M.S. will help us to understand balance. We'll start by discussing the different components of balance and the systems that contribute to helping us maintain an upright position and conclude by talking about how balance pertains to dancers in specific.Visit Leigh on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id…
 
Episode 46: Ins and Outs of the Pelvic Floor, provides detailed information about this essential and oft-overlooked region of a dancer's anatomy. Pelvic floor rehabilitation specialist and dance expert, Brooke Winder, DPT, PT, OCS, explains the anatomy of the region, what can go wrong, how dysfunction is experienced, how dance challenges this area,…
 
On our final episode of this month's recovering from injury series, we showcase two more unique perspectives. Join us as Marissa speaks to ballet dancers and co-hosts of Conversations on Dance Podcast, Michael Sean Breeden and Rebecca King Ferraro, about the challenges they faced when healing from injury. Visit Michael Sean Breeden and Rebecca King…
 
On this episode of DanceWell Podcast, educator, creator, mover, and motivator, Hope Boykin, talks about her road to recovery after a recent ankle injury.Photo credit: Hope Boykin - Self PortraitGet in touch with Hope at: www.hopeboykindance.com or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HopeBoykinDance/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/hbdance) or Inst…
 
We cannot talk about recovering from an injury in full without addressing the importance of maintaining good mental health or discussing some of the psychological hurdles that appear during this process. A negative outlook, increased stress and decreased motivation can slow recovery. Feelings of isolation and depression can have the same effect. Th…
 
I'm injured...now what? Join us on this episode of DanceWell Podcast as physical therapist Katrina Lee, DPT, OCS and New York City Ballet soloist, Sara Adams, discuss the physiological process of recovering from an injury including stages of healing, what you can expect during the rehabilitation process, how to make the most of your rehab, and retu…
 
Dancer/actor/singer Mikey Winslow was born with hip dysplasia on his left side. After years of dancing with mounting pain, Mikey made the decision to have a total hip replacement. Now, a little more than a year later, he is back dancing on Broadway! Listen to Mikey's story about his injury and recovery including how and why he decided to go through…
 
In Episode 40: Performance Enhancement, professional ballet dancer, fitness expert, and dance performance coach, Tanya Trombly, explains how her Bulletproof Ballerina method helps elite performers meet their full potential. We discuss different components that contribute to peak performance, how to optimize your physical training, current trends in…
 
Every performer learns the skills of their craft, but not every performer brings their own flair to their skills. What is it that makes you uniquely you? Join us on Episode 39: Unleashing Your Inner Weirdo to hear what broadway veteran and life coach, Kyle Post, has to say about the interplay between going beyond the technique and finding yourself,…
 
In many dance forms, physical contact is considered an essential part of the experience and consent to touch is often assumed rather than explicitly given. However, consent is nuanced and without an open dialogue, dancers risk getting involved in more than feels comfortable or safe. But unfortunately, an open dialogue often isn’t part of dance clas…
 
Tendon research has come a long way in the past decade. There is a lot we know and plenty still to learn. Join us on this episode as Paul Ochoa, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, LMT discusses current concepts in tendon pathology and how it relates to dancers. Get in touch with Paul on Instagram at @f2pt or via his website at www.f2pt.com.Photo by Danica Paulos …
 
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